I see that Martin McGuiness is to relinquish his seat at Westminster.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18396327

This is the man who refused to recognise the authority of a court in Eire, a quote from the ever reliable (?) Wikipedia

In 1973, he was convicted by the Republic of Ireland’s Special Criminal Court, after being caught with a car containing 250 lb (113 kg) of explosives and nearly 5,000 rounds of ammunition. He refused to recognise the court, and was sentenced to six months imprisonment. In court, he declared his membership of the Provisional Irish Republican Army without equivocation: ‘We have fought against the killing of our people… I am a member of Óglaigh na hÉireann and very, very proud of it’.

I wonder how it sits with Mr McGuiness to be fighting for a Free Ireland while refusing to accept the authority of the court in Eire. He also holds a seat at the mother of all Parliaments while at the same time abstaining from any involvement although presumably not too proud to accept the ‘Queen’s Shilling’ for his services.

Whatever my personal views of Mr McGuiness, at least there appears to be some sort of consistency in his views. Other MP’s seem to be sway in the breeze, changing their viewpoint like I change my socks.

I am glad that Mr McGuiness is giving up his Westminster seat. He should meddle in the Political institutions he has some belief in, but for my money there is no point in filling his seat with anyone else.  I increasingly form the view that Politics is just a different word for cronyism, corruption and self interest.

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Comments
  1. Cronyism is the favourite word here. Ireland is a small place like Gib, that probably fits.

    I remember the conviction. I’m not sure people follow the history of politics too much.

  2. No short memories most of us. I only really remember him with something less than high regard as he seemed to be quite active when I stood to ‘accross the water’. But they are all out of the same mould really whatever country, whatever party … 😉

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